Monday, October 2, 2017

Marvel-ous Monday: "And Fear Shall Follow!" by Drake, Heck, and Colletta

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Okay, Ol' Groove has to admit it: "And Fear Shall Follow!" by Arnold Drake, Don Heck, and Vinnie Colletta is all over the place. It starts with a cool, all-out space-war between the Kree and the Aakon, veers off into some really weird goings on with the real (and deceased) Walter Lawson, and tosses in a generic villain (Number One--was he Mole Man's older brother?) with a generic evil organization behind him called (what else?) The Organization and their giant robot. The battle scenes are pretty high-powered (and hey, Vinnie went all out with the zip-a-tone!), but a lot of this ish is confusing. Here's Captain Marvel #8 (September 1968), anyway...
Cover art by Gene Colan and Vinnie Colletta



















9 comments:

  1. Don Heck is to my comics collecting as kryptonite is to Superman. But I have to admit the art looked really good in this issue. And Vince Colletta using zip-a-tone is about as rare as spotting a loon in Minnesota (no more similes I promise) but it enhanced the pencils greatly. All in all a good Captain Marvel. I'm not the most observant person. Are we advancing issue by issue through CM until the Advent of the Starlin era?

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    1. Up to the Thomas/Kane era as I have most of those issues (all of them maybe? I'll have to check) posted already.

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  2. This was the first Mar-Vell story I ever read as a kid. The baffling story and the uniform put me off. I didn't come back until the fourth Kane issue.I liked the Sensational CM a bit more.

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    1. The Kane issues were electrifying. Dan Adkins did the best inking of his career in them.

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  3. Marvelous Silver Age bombast! (Or is this Bronze Age?)
    Either way, been enjoying these Captain Marvel posts! Thanks Groove!

    M.P.

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  4. OK... despite the negatives, it's STILL the Green Captain and that's called "winning" in my book!

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    1. Come on Charlie - haven't you been read enough blog posts about the British Marvel reprints to know what zip-a-tone is yet? They used to cover the comics with it to make up for the absence colour. (No green Mar-Vell in the UK!)

      Anyway - its those grey dot patterns, like on that moon, planetoid or whatever it is in the b'gnd of the first panel on page two.
      Fun fact - over here it used to be called letratone.

      -sean

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    2. PS Oh, it is the moon. Duh...

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